Box Violin Swells

A homemade box violin by Dave Hilowitz.

The story

In October 2019, I built several violins, including this one out of a long paintbrush box. Since then, I’ve used it on countless tracks and a couple film scores. This is an ensemble patch featuring 8 layers–my take on a classic “swells” articulation.

Reviews for Box Violin Swells

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  • String magic in a box!

    Nothing is missing from this little magic box. I LOVE IT. At first I picked the "swells" patch and I was like "I wish there was a patch without the sample dying"... And then I said, wait, there's a sustain patch. And that was it, I was sold. Excellent UI, excellent sound, very well done.

    Alex Raptakis16 October 2021
  • Characteristic and warm violin sound

    Very nice quality! Not a normal violin sound but it has more texture to it. Very good sound out of the box.

    Asuka Amane25 October 2021
  • A good sound in a small box

    Obviously not your typical violin, but definitely a great sound! I'm sure it's due to the small box shape of the instrument, but this sound does favor the higher registry of note tones. But the ability to go outside the natural range of this instruments actual playability opens a new door to the possibilities and inspiration this instrument has to offer. After playing it a while, it kind of started to resemble a bagpipe sound, with the lower notes sounding like drones, and then the lower you go, makes it feel like a good tool for soundscapes and ambience. Well done!

    XentiirTV13 October 2021
  • Soothing and beautiful

    It's a really interesting sound, on one hand it sounds very small since it is built out of a box, but it also sounds very wide and almost hollowed out. I have a lot of fun playing with it, but I approach using it more like a synth pad, or a high orchestra section. I prefer the sustain patch which sounds great without any changes. I wrote some slow building and fading chords, and layered with some other various stringed instruments. It adds a lot of unique character for sure!

    Ada Maskil07 November 2021
  • Thin string sounds for delicate moments

    While certainly not traditional, these sounds work great when you need a delicate, clear sound for tender moments. They have a distant quality to them that plays nicely with other strings. A worthy addition to your PianoBook collection!

    Sam Ecoff14 October 2021
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